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Philippe Coutinho remains a “sensational player” and would be a welcome addition to the Premier League, according to his former Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson.
Coutinho has been heavily linked with a return to English football in January, with Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton all reportedly interested in the Barcelona midfielder.
According to reports in Spain, Coutinho could be allowed to leave the Nou Camp next month as Barcelona look to reduce their wage bill to remain within La Liga’s salary cap rules.
The 29-year-old has failed to impress new head coach Xavi and could now be sold or loaned out in January – four years on from joining Barcelona in a £142m move from Liverpool.
Johnson knows Coutinho well from their together time at Anfield and the former England international says the Brazilian is one of the most naturally gifted team-mates he played with during his career.
Speaking to BoyleSports football, Johnson said: “It’s hard to put a finger on why it hasn’t worked [at Barcelona].
“He’s a sensational player, unbelievable. He has one of the best football brains you’ll see.
“I thought he was going to go there and tear it apart at Barcelona to be honest.
“I thought that style of play would suit him down to the ground but maybe he didn’t get as much game time as he wanted.
“At Barcelona there’s superstars everywhere, so maybe it was that.
“But he’s a good lad, a fantastic player – if he does come back to the Premier League then somebody is going to be signing a very good player.”
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Coutinho would prefer a loan move to Arsenal, who would be able to match his wage demands.
Newcastle could also offer the Brazil international a lucrative contract to move to St James’ Park.
However, Coutinho is reportedly reluctant to join Eddie Howe’s side given their current league position of second bottom - two points adrift of safety.
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